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Coral Reef

Malaysia creates its largest marine park

Malaysia has created the Tun Mustapha Marine Park - its largest yet. In the coral triangle, the new park will help protect almost 1...
Grey shark

More fish in Indonesia shark sanctuary but fishermen turning to crime

Good news for Indonesia's shark sanctuary: sharks and other fish are more abundant within zones with fishing restrictions according to a new study. Bad...

Thailand closes Similans island to divers and other tourists

Thailand has closed Koh Tachai, an island north of the Similans, to tourists and divers indefinitely to help it recover from excess tourists. All 17 marine national parks in the Andaman Sea will be closed from next Monday to Saturday 15 Oct during the monsoon season – that’s over 60% of coral reefs. But even after the rest re-open, Koh Tachai will remain off-limits.
Trevaille

Thailand overland visa stay shortened, but more repeat visits allowed

Divers visiting Thailand can now re-enter the county as often as they like. The Thai government has relaxed the rules which limited tourists to...
Tuna

Fiji achieves her first certified sustainable tuna fishery

Fiji achieves first sustainable tuna fishing award, the fourth country in the South Pacific to do so.

MSC Certifies Maldives Tuna Fishery Sustainable

Marine Stewardship Council awards the Maldives' pole-and-line skipjack tuna fishery its sustainability certification. This follows independent assessment against the MSC's environmental standard. The...
Frog Fish, Great Barrier Reef

Indonesia Coral Reefs Thrive under Centuries Old System

Indonesian coral reefs are thriving under a management system designed in the 17th Century.
Sharks in the Pacific

Scientists say 90% Shark Loss at Populated Pacific Islands

Pairs of SCUBA divers towed behind a small boat have been recording shark numbers at both heavily populated Pacific islands and islands away from...

Why leatherback turtles linger in South Pacific

Tagging and tracking leatherback sea turtles has produced new insights into the turtles' behavior in a part of the South Pacific Ocean long considered...